Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Tone 76 Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – ‘The Well-tempered City Book l’

1 track – DL only – 19:01

Now available on Bandcamp
Release date: 3rd July 2020

The sound work has been conceived using transduction as the methodology to represent citizen-generated vibration contents at the architectural surfaces of contemporary cities. These surfaces serve as physical interfaces for citizens’ sonic interaction with their personified everyday urban structure and objects, such as walking, resting, touching, tapping or hitting on the structural surfaces of the city, including the streets or walls.The vibrations that are generated through such physical interactions, citizens’ participation and intervention are transduced into sounds audible to the human perception using customised accelerometers. These subtle recordings are later treated as sense data of the sonic experience in a computed and composed form.

The project facilitates in-depth listening to the architectural and built spaces of today’s cities as living organisms or manmade urban nature, currently resonating with a sense of post-apocalyptic doom due to pandemics, climate catastrophe, global warming, mass migration, and racial differences. How do city-dwellers emotively intervene in and engage with the city in these contexts? In this work, the city acts as an instrument that produces its own hyper-real and digitally enhanced sounds where surfaces of the evolving buildings are used as strings tempered by human intervention in terms of embodied interaction, thereby citizens becoming part of the work in the mimetic process. The work holds the reflections of the citizen’s immediate emotional situations and affective context in today’s cities.

All sounds recorded, composed and mixed by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Recorded on Sound Devices 702 using customized accelerometers.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a Media Artist and Scholar based in Denmark

TouchLine 1 – Budhaditya Chattopadhyay “Decomposing Landscape”

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – Decomposing Landscape

Multi-channel sound composition

Digital Download – One track (Binaural + Ambisonics B-format) – 35:00
13pp pdf booklet of photographs

Track listing:

1. Decomposing Landscape, audio only edition You can listen to an extract here

T-Phone 4 – Budhaditya Chattopadhyay “Eye Contact with the City”

.m4v video for iPod/iPhone/iPad

Track listing:

1. Eye Contact with the City 9:33

“Eye Contact with the City” is a sound installation with video projection, produced for the Bengaluru Artist Residency 2010, supported by India Foundation for the Arts. It was recently nominated with an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica 2011.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a sound artist, researcher and audiovisual media practitioner based in India; he incorporates sound, visual image and digital media to produce works for installation and performance.